Thousands raised in honour of cancer victim

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A TEENAGER who has been diagnosed with leukaemia has thanked her family and friends who raised £4,000 in her honour.

Rebekah Sanderson, 19, from Waltham Close in Portchester, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia at the beginning of July.

Just two weeks later, her friends and family held a mass fundraising day for her.

Her brother Curtis, auntie Luisa Sherman and friend Steve Hughes all had their heads shaved in support of Rebekah, who is losing her hair due to chemotherapy.

The money will be split with half going towards Leukaemia and Lymphoma research, and the remaining money going towards Rebekah.

She said: ‘It’s a hell of a lot of money. It’s amazing that they have managed to raise that much.

‘It’s fantastic support that I have got. And it’s not just the money they are giving, it’s the support across the board.

‘I didn’t realise that there was that much support for little old me. It’s so overwhelming.’

And Rebekah has already decided how she would like to spend her money.

‘I want to go on holiday with my family and friends when I recover,’ she said.